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The management and players of AS Monaco Basketball were invited to the residence of the Minister of State on Friday, last week as part of the partnership agreement between the Government and the team, in terms of governance and communication.
The partnership aims to support the Club's sports project, to allow the team to convey the "Monaco" message and to accompany it in its relations with its competitors, as well as with the national and international basketball governing bodies.
This annual meeting allows both parties to share their respective roles and work in order to further strengthen their ties and to present the entire "Roca Team" to the members of the Government.
During his speech, Minister of State Serge Telle encouraged the team before the Leaders Cup, which takes place from February 16 to 18, during which the Monegasques will put their title back into play.
He congratulated the players and the staff and concluded his speech by emphasising that the Government as well as Monegasques were very proud of their team, which represents with dignity the colours of the Principality on the European scene.
AS Monaco Basket is currently leader of Pro A and qualified for the 1/8th finals of the Basketball Champions League.
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The mayor and members of the Communal Council have announced that a subscription will be open until March 31, 2018, on the occasion of the 60th birthday of His Serene Highness the Sovereign Prince.
According to the wish of Prince Albert, who will turn 60 on March 14, the sums collected will be donated to one or more entities that will be designated when the time comes.
The subscription is open to Monegasques, their spouses and their children, and residents. For practical reasons, payment methods are organised as follows: The mayor will send a letter to Monegasques, accompanied by a form, to allow them to pay their contribution to the Town Council.
Residents wishing to mark their commitment to Prince Albert by a donation on the occasion of is birthday, may do so either by:
- cheque payable to "Treasury General of Finance–60th Anniversary of HSH Prince Albert II", addressed to the General Treasury of Finances, at the Prince's Palace.
- transfer to the Trésorerie Générale des Finances" account "60th anniversary of SAS Le Prince Albert II" No. 30004 09170 00040602413–76, BNP Paribas Bank.
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On Thursday, February 15, the Palace brightly displayed the colour orange, as special lights illuminated the building in a tribute International Childhood Cancer Day.
This was an initiative of the Monaco-based Fondation Flavien, which had gathered several hundred people at the Place du Palais for a symbolic march to raise awareness about paediatric cancers.
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According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), every three minutes a child dies of cancer, but children have a signifcicantly higher surivival rate than adults, which in high-income countries reach an average of 84 percent.
The Fondation Flavien aims to help and support the fight against childhood cancers, rare diseases in children and the families affected by these types of diseases. This is done through research, preventive action, care and support for families as well as the medical profession. The Foundation therefore works hand in hand with the Scientific Center of Monaco – led by Professor Rampal, Scientific Director Denis German and Research Director, Gilles Pagès.
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The most used therapeutic model in the treatment of childhood cancers combines surgery followed by chemotherapy and then conventional radiotherapy. In Nice, the technical platform will soon be equipped with a proton therapy device, only the second in France. This is a very precise radiotherapy that can irradiate the tumour by sparing the neighbouring organs to significantly reduce adverse effects.
However, the response of paediatric cancer cells to this type of therapy is still poorly understood and needs to be compared to conventional treatment in order to better appreciate the therapeutic benefits. Although the treatment permits stabilisation of the disease at first, relapses related to an ability to form blood and lymphatic vessels and high metabolic (energetic) activity of residual tumour cells can be observed. These mechanisms, already well known in adult tumours can be countered with new anti-cancer therapies, called "targeted therapies", not yet used in children for lack of studies and funding.
In 2015, IARC reported worldwide incidence of childhood cancer increased “from 165,000 new cases annually to 215,000 cases for children 14 years and younger” and 85,000 new cases for 15-19 year-olds.